After a year spent playing in Sweden, Jesse Joensuu has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Islanders.
The 24-year-old winger has played three seasons previously with the Islanders and amassed eight goals and five assists in that time span. He played for HV71 Jonkoping last season, tallying 29 points in 50 games played (13 G, 16 A). He also played for his native Finland in the IIHF World Championships last month, eliminating the U.S. in the quarterfinals with a two-goal night.
It’s been pretty much slow-going for him in the NHL so far, but I guess the Islanders are hoping this will be his season. His size is definitely an asset, but he’ll have to work on his scoring touch and his skating in order to make a really big impact on the team and in the league. On a team that sorely needs consistent secondary scoring, I’m not sure how this will pan out.
(Also, I’m not going to say that this is a means of altering the roster to make up for PA Parenteau’s imminent absence, but… maybe… just maybe…)